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Most Israelis Favor Annexing Parts of Judea and Samaria

A “New Wave” poll reveals most Israelis favor annexing at least parts of Judea and Samaria if the PA wins unilateral recognition at the UN.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/19/2011, 8:29 AM

Proposed two-state solution map
Proposed two-state solution map
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A “New Wave” poll reveals that nearly two-thirds of Israelis favor annexing at least parts of Judea and Samaria if the Palestinian Authority wins unilateral recognition at the United Nations.

The poll, carried out for the national camp of the Likud party headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, covered a sample of all Israelis, implicitly including Arabs with Israel citizenship.

In response to the question, “Do you support Israel annexing areas in reaction to the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state?” 37.3 percent of the respondents said that Israel should make all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria a part of the sovereign state instead of leaving them under military rule, which is their current status.

Slightly more than 12 percent favored annexing only large Jewish population centers, such as Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and Ariel, a city in central Samaria.

In addition, 11.6 percent of the respondents said they would support annexing communities in areas they consider crucial for security, such as those in proximity to Ben Gurion Airport, metropolitan Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

A majority – 56 percent – also said that unilateral recognition of the Palestinian Authority as an independent country would endanger the State of Israel.

A separate New Wave poll, carried for the Yisrael HaYom newspaper, revealed that 71.3 of Israelis fear that Egypt will return to being a confrontational country with Israel.